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346 Pounds of Cocaine Seized at Port of Savannah

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346 lbs. of cocaine seized at Port of Savannah, Source: CBP 346 lbs. of cocaine seized at Port of Savannah, Source: CBP
GARDEN CITY, GA - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Port of Savannah says they seized a little more than 346 pounds of cocaine from a shipping container at the Garden City Terminal on April 14th. CBP says the cocaine is worth more than $9 million.

CBP says Savanah's Anti-Terrorism and Contraband Enforcement Team discovered 133 packages that contained a white powdery substance during inspections of shipping containers. CBP officers then field-tested samples of the substance, which proved positive for the properties of cocaine.

CBP says this is the second large narcotics seizure in the Port of Savannah in the past year.

Back in November 2012, CBP seized 6,400 pounds of a leafy substance that was identified by the CBP Savannah Laboratory & Scientific Services as khat, a Schedule 1 narcotic. The khat was shipped in a processed state to preserve its freshness and was manifested as tea. The khat’s estimated street value was about $1.7 million. Several persons connected with the shipment were arrested.

Khat is a flowering shrub containing cathinone, and it is chemically similar to ephedrine and other amphetamines. Cathinone is also often used as the key ingredient of recreational drug mixes commonly known as 'bath salts' in the United States. This was the largest single khat seizure ever in the United States. 

Both the cocaine and the khat seizures remain active investigations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in Savannah.

CBP says they routinely conduct random inspections operations on passengers, and on sea and air cargo and searches for narcotics, currency, weapons and other prohibited or illicit products.



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